Four Sponsored Memberships for Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio and John Scalzi have teamed up to offer a total of four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. Each will sponsor two memberships for Mexicanx members, with two going to professional sf/f artists and two going to fans. Individuals interested in applying for the sponsorships should leave an answer to the question “Why do you want to attend this Worldcon?” on Picacio’s facebook page or send it to him via e-mail before this weekend.
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Obituary: Jack Ketchum

Author Jack Ketchum (b.Dallas Mayr, 1946) died on January 24 from cancer. His novels include Joyride, The Lost, and The Girl Next Door. Ketchum received three Bram Stoker Awards and was named a Grand Master by World Horror Con.

Obituary: Ursula K. Le Guin

Author Ursula K. Le Guin (b.1929) died on January 22. Le Guin is the author of the Earthsea cycle and has won the Nebula and Hugo Awards six times each and the World Fantasy Award twice, among many others. She was Guest of Honor at the 1975 Worldcon, Aussiecon 1, and was named a SFWA Grand Master in 2003. Her novels included The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven, Always Coming Home, and Powers.

Peter S. Beagle Named SFWA Grand Master

SFWA has announced that Peter S. Beagle will be the 2018 Damon Knight Grand Master. Beagle may be best known for his novel The Last Unicorn, and has also explored our fascination with the mythical in The Innkeeper’s Song, A Fine and Private Place, and a wide variety of short fiction. Beagle won the Hugo and the Nebula Award for his 2005 novelette “Two Hearts.” He has won the Mythopoeic Award for his novels The Folk of the Air and Tamsin. He was nominated for a Hugo for his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings for Ralph Bakshi’s animated version and wrote the screenplay for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Sarek.” Beagle will receive his award at this year’s Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on May 19.
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Del Arroz Banned from Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 has announced that they will be reducing author Jonathan Del Arroz’s membership to a Supporting membership and not allowing him to attend this year’s convention. The reduction permits Del Arroz to vote in site selection and the Hugo Award process. The Worldcon has stated that they are responding to Del Arroz’s own comments which they believe indicates that he intended to break the announced code of conduct.
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Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award

E. Lily Yu has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding work by an established or emerging author of fiction based in Washington State. The recipient receives a $10,000 grant to continue their work. Yu submitted her story “The View From the Top of the Stair” as a sample of her writing.
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Clarion Workshops Accepting Applications

The Clarion and Clarion West Writers Workshops are both accepting applications for their 2018 Summer Workshops. The Clarion Workshop runs from June 24 – August 4 and will feature Christopher Barzak, Holly Black, Mat Johnson, Kij Johnson, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant. The Clarion West Workshop runs from June 17 – July 27 and will feature Daniel Abraham, Ken MacLeod, Yoon Ha Lee, Karen Lord, Karen Joy Fowler, and Ellen Datlow. The application deadline for both workshops is March 1.
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Crider Enters Hospice

Author Bill Crider, best known for his crime fiction, has announced that he has entered hospice. Crider has been battling cancer for several years and notes that he most likely only has a few weeks left. Crider was the recipient of the Sidewise Award for 2015.
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Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of the Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants of $500 were awarded to Erin Roberts. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
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Endeavour Awards

Patricia McKillip and Matt Ruff tied for this year’s Endeavour Award for McKillip’s novel Dreams of Distant Shores and Ruff’s novel Lovecraft Country. The winners were announced at Orycon and the award comes with a $1,000 prize and an engraved glass plaque. The Endeavour Award was established to recognize works of SF by authors working and living in the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the 2017 Award were Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan.

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